Searles is a large campsite is ideally located in the middle of Hunstanton, Norfolk and right where the action is. The location may be perfect to be within walking distance of what Hunstanton has to offer but because of this this site is noisy and there are no views.
On entering the site the first thing I came across was the lodge sales section, which was not a great first impression. Yep, as soon as I entered Searles campsite I was confronted with the offer to buy a luxury lodge.
Beyond the lodge sales are the rental lodges themselves, and there are plenty of them and all crammed in as tight as possible. I am not a fan of these sorts of sites, and never have been, and find them an eyesore. The main reception is located in the middle of the campsite and is surrounded by the rental lodges. I knew Searles was commercial campsite and I knew there were various types of accommodation units on the site, but I openly admit I wasn’t prepared for what I saw – it was horrible.
The touring park, where we were going to spend the next few nights, was out the back of the rental lodges, which was a great relief. The touring pitches are various sizes so all units are catered for. From small caravans through to large RVS, there is a pitch regardless of what you have. The pitches comprise grass only, grass with EHU, hardstanding with EHU and fully serviced pitches with EHU and water. All pitches are clearly laid out and (if like the pitch I had) pretty level so setting up is not a problem.
Even though the pitches are good and sizeable they are very close together and the site owner has clearly squeezed in as many as possible. Reversing the MH on to the pitch I had required a lot of “forwards, backwards, forwards, backwards” because of the small roadway and distance between the pitch I was on and the pitch directly opposite. Getting the MH on to the pitch was a real faff and the struggle made me look like an absolute amateur. It wouldn’t be too bad and I wouldn’t bother me that much but my MH is a small 6m van!
I am stunned by the number of pitches squeezed in to the space available and I really struggle to see how they conform to Health & Safety regulations, although they must do otherwise the campsite wouldn’t be able to operate. Personally, I think the pitches are way too close together and if the site was fuller during my stay I would not have felt comfortable, let alone safe. If the site had been fuller the touring site would be my worst nightmare, and considering the pitch would cost over £50 per night in the high season, I would not be happy at all.
Searles campsite is a commercial campsite and as such the facilities are vast and comprise the standard toilets, showers, wash basins, washing up sinks, MH tank dumping point etc. as well as indoor and outdoor swimming pool, sauna/Jacuzzi, fitness centre, beauty salon, crazy golf, bike hire, small supermarket, restaurants, fish and chip takeout, driving range, fishing lakes, clubhouse and various bars to name just a few. The amount of facilities and things to do on this site is vast, and whilst this may suit some people I have to admit that I am not overly bothered by it, and as long as the basic facilities are there that’s all that bothers me.
Searles campsite is tidy and well maintained and all the facilities are clean, but this isn’t anything above and beyond what campsites should be and is to be expected. Given the nightly cost of Searles I wouldn’t expect anything less with regards to cleanliness, therefore this fact isn’t anything to shout about.
Searles’ website stated the pitches were separated by hedges and hence private. Hmmmm…… The truth has been stretched a little here. Sure there are hedges but they are tiny and do not offer privacy by any stretch of the imagination. If you think you’re going to get a secluded pitch you’d better think again, because this isn’t going to happen at Searles Campsite. When staying at Searles you will be fully aware of the campers around you at all times, after all you’re virtually joined on to your neighbours unit. At busy times I reckon it’ll be like row of terraced units – I’m thinking Coronation Street here……… Not really private is it?
If you want peace and quiet Searles campsite is not the site for you. There are kids running around, there are kids cycling around, there are irate parents shouting in a vain attempt to control their kids, there are dogs running riot (even though they should be kept on a lead) and there is the drone of the music form the club house.